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April 16, 2008 11:00 AM
Posted by Brier Dudley
To help educate people about the switch to digital broacasting coming next February, Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell has arranged a public forum at City Hall at noon on April 22.
The transition, how to connect a digital TV converter box, where to get federal coupons for the boxes and how to dispose of old TVs.
Panelists include Seattle Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier; the city's solid waste director, Timoth Croll; Radio Shack district manager, Greg Jones; Glenn Farley of KING 5 and Comcast spokesman Steve Kipp. The forum will also be broadcast on Channel 21.
It's not mentioned by the feds, but there are alternatives to a digital converter box, if you have an analog television and don't want to upgrade. If you have cable or satellite TV service, you may not need a converter at all.
Another alternative that's not much more expensive is a digital video recorder or DVD player/recorder with a built-in digital tuner.
If you've said to heck with all the converters and tuners and just bought a new digital-capable TV, here's King County's list of places to dump your old set.
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